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Location Portugal, Azores
Central coordinates 28o 47.00' West  38o 36.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4ii, B1i, B1ii, B2, B3, C2
Area 215 ha
Altitude 0 - 300m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves

Site description This IBA is constituted by two distinct zones: the first along the western coast, from Porto dos Capelinhos to the Porto da Fajã; the second includes the volcano of Capelinhos, active in 1957-58, and the adjacent coastline.constituída por um cone vulcânico costeiro, uma praia de areia e falésias adjacentes.

Key Biodiversity Important for breeding seabirds, especially the Cory's Shearwater and the Roseate Tern.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Calonectris diomedea breeding  2001  5,713 breeding pairs  medium  A4ii, B1ii, B2, C2  Not Recognised 
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii breeding  2000  138 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B2, C2  Least Concern 
Island Canary Serinus canaria resident  1996  common  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Vulcão dos Capelinhos Nature Reserve 100 unknown 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Rocky areas Scree & boulders  -
Shrubland Scrub  -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -
Introduced vegetation   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
not utilised -

Protection status National Protected Area Vulcão dos Capelinhos/Natural Forestal Reserve Capelinhos.International Espetial Protected Area Caldeira e Capelinhos; SCI Caldeira e Capelinhos

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Capelinhos. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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